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Let the skiing begin!

(Editor's note: This story was updated to include the new opening date.) Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday, Nov. 25. "Our ...

National Women’s Hockey League to play season, playoffs in Lake Placid bubble

The National Women’s Hockey League Wednesday, Nov. 25 announced a plan to present the upcoming season and 2021 Isobel Cup Playoffs at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5. The event is presented in partnership with the state Olympic Regional Development ...

Let the creativity begin!

LAKE PLACID — St. Agnes School’s annual Christmas Bazaar is still on this year — with a twist. The holiday event is happening outdoors rather than indoors next month, and for the first time ever, there’s a gingerbread house building contest with a slate of prizes on the line. ...

ORDA lowers Mount Van Hoevenberg season pass prices after public outcry

LAKE PLACID — Season passes for cross-country skiing at Mount Van Hoevenberg went on sale last month at a higher price than last year. Faced with local backlash over the increase, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority announced that the prices would be dropped. ORDA, which ...

Lake Placid’s annual Holiday Village Stroll set for Dec. 11-13

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s 11th annual Holiday Village Stroll is still on the calendar. This holiday tradition will look different this year, as many norms have amid the coronavirus pandemic. All of the events will either be virtual or happen across all three days of the event, a ...

Active COVID-19 cases rise to 26 in Essex County

The Essex County Health Department announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 countywide on Monday, Nov. 23, bringing the total number of active cases to 26. That’s up from 23 active cases on Friday. Nine people were deemed recovered by the health department between Friday and Monday afternoon. ...

Jordan wins Keene town justice election by 9 votes

KEENE — Uncertified results from the Essex County Board of Elections show Henrietta Jordan as the winner of Keene’s town justice race. The race was too close to call on election night. Between in-person voting on Election Day and ballots cast during the state’s nine-day early voting ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: John Streiff, DEC Region 5 forest ranger captain

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed John Streiff, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger captain at Region 5 who retired in October, about his career and thoughts about some backcountry issues. Listen to a portion of this interview on the ...

AuSable Forks man dies in ATV accident

KEESEVILLE — An AuSable Forks man was found dead underneath his four-wheeler Sunday night after an accident in which the vehicle flipped on top on him. State Police reported Monday morning that they had responded around 7:40 p.m. Sunday to a report of an all-terrain vehicle accident on ...

A November Mother’s Day for USA Luge

LAKE PLACID — At noon — an hour after USA Luge senior team members finished training on their home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg Sunday, Nov. 15 — seven of their mothers tried out the new Cliffside Coaster attraction. It was a Mother’s Day of sorts for the ”Luge ...

Voice of DEC Region 5

LAKE PLACID — It was a Friday, Oct. 9, the beginning of a busy Columbus Day weekend. The sun was shining on David Winchell’s silver hair on the Main Street sidewalk in front of Mid’s Park. And there was a twinkle in his eyes as he spoke to tourists about hiking in the nearby ...

Valenze reflects on work for Ironman, marketing hometown

LAKE PLACID — When an athlete’s heart stopped beating while competing in the Ironman 70.3 in September 2018, local marketing professional Bethany Valenze was working as the volunteer director. Nuno Neves, 38, of Portugal, suffered cardiac arrest near the end of his 13.1-mile run. ...

Origin Coffee opening Lake Placid location in December

LAKE PLACID — Saranac Lake’s Origin Coffee is poised to launch a second location in Lake Placid. The new coffee shop will replace Bliss & Vinegar on Main Street, across from the Olympic Speedskating Oval. The shop is expected to open in mid-December. Jennifer Jubin, the owner of ...

AMC restricts visitation again due to COVID

SARANAC LAKE — Patient visitation at Adirondack Health’s facilities is again limited as the number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin and Essex counties continues to rise. Adirondack Health announced the renewed restrictions on Friday, Nov. 13. It has imposed restrictions on visitation a few ...

Main Street parking questioned during project meeting

LAKE PLACID — A virtual meeting on Lake Placid’s Main Street revitalization project on Tuesday, Nov. 17 drew more than 40 participants at its peak. The questions from residents largely centered around parking and the logistics of the project — such as the timelime, and when contractors ...

North Elba board adopts $9.6M budget for 2021

The town of North Elba’s 2021 budget has been adopted. The North Elba Town Council unanimously approved the financial plan on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Councilor Dick Cummings was absent for the vote. The $9,666,540 budget carries a tax levy increase of 1.9%, which meets the tax cap the ...

Lake Placid mulls dock restrictions

LAKE PLACID — The village Board of Trustees is exploring the idea of crafting legislation that would restrict the use of un-encapsulated polystyrene docks on local waterbodies. There are multiple waterfront properties in the area where there are docks floated by polystyrene — including ...

Lake Placid 7th grade stays remote; other students will return

LAKE PLACID — Seventh-graders will study remotely through Thanksgiving break. Students in other grades in Lake Placid Middle-High School will return to class on Tuesday. School administrators made the decision to temporarily keep the district’s seventh-graders home over the weekend, in ...

COVID case found at Lake Placid school

LAKE PLACID — A positive case of COVID-19 has been discovered within the Lake Placid Central School District. The district was notified of the case on Friday afternoon and notified families via phone. The Essex County Health Department announced the case to the broader community on Friday ...